Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dallas, TX: Man Stabbed Estranged Wife and Her Parents to Death, Police Say

DALLAS - Dallas police say a man stabbed his estranged wife to death Thursday morning, then killed her father and mother as they rushed to their daughter's defense.
Fifty-year-old William Palmer of Sachse is charged with capital murder for the deaths of his wife, 47-year-old Donya Palmer, and her parents, 69-year-old Raymond Davis and 67-year-old Mary Davis.
The victims were killed at the Davis' East Dallas home shortly after 6 a.m., according to Dallas police Lt. David Pughes.
The Palmers had separated less than a week ago and Donya was staying with her parents, Pughes said in a news conference.
"We don't know the motive, but we know the attack had something to do with the separation," he said.
Also staying at the home was Donya Palmer's sister, who was slashed in the arm. She managed to run upstairs to a bedroom where her 6-year-old daughter was sleeping and barricade herself inside, where she called 911.
The child was not hurt and did not see what happened, Pughes said.
After the bloody attack, Palmer drove to his Sachse home. Undercover Dallas police in an unmarked car happened to be in the area, and contacted Sachse police when Palmer drove to a nearby Taco Bueno and ordered food at the drive-thru.
When Palmer received his food order, Sachse police swooped in and arrested him.
Palmer was transferred to the Lew Sterrett Justice Center in downtown Dallas and charged with capital murder. He will go before a judge to be arraigned.
Stay with FOX 4 News and for further updates.

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